Programme Description

Programme Description



University of Malta

Faculty of Science

Biology (Joint Area)

(for courses commencing October 2020)

YEAR ONE

Students following the Programme of Studies in Biology (B.Sc. Hons) are required to take a number of study-units other than in biology. Such study-units are designed to provide additional skills and knowledge required within the training of a general biologist.

Furthermore, most study-units in Biology take the form of a number of lectures (sometimes supplemented by seminars) as well as practical laboratory or field work. The practical work component is considered as essential.

Students are informed that regular lecture attendance is obligatory. A grade may be awarded to a particular study-unit only if the student’s attendance to lectures and practical sessions has been regular, and all other course requirements as indicated in the detailed study-unit descriptions have been satisfied.

In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to choose study-units to the value of 2 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during the year.

Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO1010 Cellular and Biochemical Basis of Life 5 ECTS (NC)
BIO1020 Diversity of Life: Animals 5 ECTS (NC)
GSC1000 Introduction to Earth Science 2 ECTS

Students taking Biology and Chemistry are required to register for the following study-unit:

SOR0210 Data Treatment and Probability 2 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

GSC1200 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 2 ECTS
GSC1300 Introduction to Science of the Atmosphere 2 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO1030 Diversity of Life: Non-Animals 5 ECTS (NC)
BIO1070 Perspectives and Research Methods in Biology 2 ECTS
BIO1080 Microbial Diversity 5 ECTS (NC)
BIO1090 Introduction to Conservation Biology 2 ECTS

Students taking Biology and Mathematics, Biology and Physics, or Biology and Statistics and Operations Research are required to register for the following study-unit:

CHE1015 Environmental Chemistry for Scientists 4 ECTS




YEAR TWO

Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO2070 Biochemical Strategies of Life 5 ECTS (NC)
BIO2040 Ecology and Ethology 1 8 ECTS (NC)




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO2020 Plant Biology 7 ECTS (NC)
BIO2030 Animal Form and Function 1 6 ECTS (NC)
BIO3030 Evolution, Phylogeny and Adaptation 4 ECTS (NC)




YEAR THREE

Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO3022 Parasitology 2 ECTS
BIO3050 Animal Form and Function 2 5 ECTS
BIO3060 Field Biology - Coastal and Marine Habitats 4 ECTS (NC)
BIO3130 Genetics and Developmental Biology 6 ECTS (NC)

* Study-unit BIO3060 is an intensive, week-long study-unit which is scheduled for the last week of September and prior to the beginning of the academic year.



Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO2050 Science, Society and Ethics 2 ECTS
BIO3023 Microbiology and Immunology 5 ECTS (NC)
BIO3040 Biotechnology 1 6 ECTS (NC)




YEAR FOUR

In addition to the compulsory study-units, final year Biology students are required to follow one of two elective blocks. The first elective block focuses on Industrial Biology (including Biotechnology) whilst the second elective block focuses on Environmental Biology. Each elective block consists of 8 ECTS credits.

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

For students taking Biology as the main area of study:

Compulsory Units (All students must register for these units)

BIO3110 Final Year Project in Biology 18 ECTS (NC)
SCI3502 Professional and Technical Skills for Scientists 6 ECTS




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO3080 Introduction to agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and other biological Resources 4 ECTS
SCI3501* Academic Writing and Statistical Techniques for Scientific Research 4 ECTS

Elective Units

Industrial Biology Track

BIO3300 Biotechnology 2 6 ECTS

Environmental Biology Track

BIO3090 Environmental Applications, Informatics and Management 4 ECTS

*Study-unit SCI3501 is for students taking Biology as the other area of study only.



Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

BIO3070 Studies in Conservation Biology 4 ECTS

Elective Units

Industrial Biology Track

CPH4500 Introduction to Pharmacology for Biology and Chemistry Students 2 ECTS

Environmental Biology Track

BIO3100 Marine Biology 4 ECTS




This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2019 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of Bachelor of Science - B.Sc. and Bachelor of Science (Honours) - B.Sc.(Hons.) under the auspices of the Faculty of Science.
 
Last Updated: 25 May 2020
 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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